Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the establishment of China-Israel diplomatic ties, SIGNAL is launching a year of activities, events and programs. Building on our commitment to further academic ties and policy exchange, we will hold a series of seminars, conferences and release publications aimed at cultivating mutual understanding and cooperation among China and Israel.
In the present article, SIGNAL Fellow and Hebrew University Professor, Meron Medzini, presents an overview of the development of Sino-Israel relations. Despite the many challenges that have arisen and the differences between the countries, since Israel first successfully reached out diplomatically to the East Asian nation, China has shown an abiding interest in Israel, its people and economy. This has led to a flourishing relationship with intensifying levels of trade and investment, which has reached new heights with China’s Belt & Road Initiative for which Israel holds a position of strategic importance.